Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past Review
- Fantastic control system
- Attractive comic book style
- Good cast of playable characters for fans
- Does get repetitive
- Characters are all quite similar at first
Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past looks and plays like a sharp 16-bit platformer, with a control system that suits the touchscreen down to the ground.
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While clearly released to serve as a tie-in to the impending movie, Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is styled after the original comic series. As per the books, the assassination of a senator sets into motion events that bring about a dystopian future ruled over by massive robot Sentinels.
You take control of Wolverine first. , who must schnickt his way through thug, goons, mutants, and mechanoids alike. As with classic 2D side-scrollers like Shinobi, you'll be leaping between platforms, executing special movies, and double-jumping like you mutton chops depend upon it.
Everything controls marvellously. The virtual buttons do a strong job of relaying your movement commands, but it is the attack system that really elevates the gameplay. Rather than a selection of attack buttons dotted around the screen, combat is controlled by an intuitive stick / button hybrid that allows you to tap it for a simple punch, or swipe across it in various directions to unleash special attacks.
As you advance through the game you slowly add more X-Men to your squad, all of which have their own unique traits - Colossus possesses a powerful charge punch, and Kitty Pryde can summon dragon which unleashes handy automatic attacks. There are notable differences in movement speed, too, with Colossus stomping around like his shoes are coated in glue, while Shadowcat springs athletically between platforms.
A shared XP bank lets you unlock extra abilities for any character. This begins to boost your mutants powers, and open up new perks. The real core of the action never really changes, though, so even with these powers you will eventually find yourself wanting a break from the action now and then. The levels are broken up by loading screens as it is, but we still felt a little fatigued by the combat after extended plays.
Its not perfect, but Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great interpretation of the classic arcade 2D platformer. Long sessions do become tiring, but this won't stop you wanting to revisit the handsome visuals and meaty combat to fight for the future.
DescriptionRevamped to include a unique ability tree for each X-Man as well as a new levelling system. Improved character physics and enemy AI.
Play as Wolverine, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Cyclops, Polaris or Scarlet Witch as Marvel’s finest X-Men fight for the future of mutant and human kind in the two separate timelines of Days of Future Past.
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"This colorful epic built for the iPad and iPhone pays beautiful homage to the acclaimed tale.” - Washington Times
“A delightful little trip down memory lane that's well worth the cost of a comic book.” - Kotaku
"The environments are incredibly rich and detailed" - App Advice
"With enough hidden areas to make you want to explore every inch of the screen, to the great balance between fighting and puzzle solving, I have a hard time putting it down!” - Don’t Forget a Towel
The world around you is in ruins. Sentinel robots have enslaved most of the United States and are set to stage a global war. The X-Men have failed; the few who survived this nightmarish future are imprisoned in Mutant Internment camps. But all is not lost, the battle for the future can be fought in the past. With one chance to re-write history, the X-Men must stop this war by preventing the assassination of Senator Kelly.
Recreate one of the most iconic stories from the X-Men universe, based on John Byrne and Chris Claremont's original comics and expanded to tell the whole story behind the nightmare that is the Sentinel Uprising. Journey through a post-apocalyptic New York City, Washington D.C., Savage Land, Asteroid M and more.
Experience this exciting new adventure from Glitchsoft, the developer behind Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions and He-man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe.
Enjoy fast-paced, side-scrolling action as your favorite mutants, each with unique powers and abilities. Experiment with their distinct gameplay styles.
Featuring a breakthrough in 2D graphics, Uncanny X-Men combines stunning parallaxing effects with next-gen lighting, shattering the barriers between consoles and your iPhone/iPad.
MASSIVE BOSS ENCOUNTERS
Battle against iconic X-Men villains such as Magneto, Nimrod, Master Mold and more.
CAPTIVATING COMIC-BASED STORY
Co-written by Josh Fine, producer of Wolverine and the X-Men, and based off the original Days of Future Past issues by John Byrne and Chris Claremont.
ASTONISHINGLY INTUITIVE CONTROLS
2 control schemes to suit everyone’s preference. Sentinel destruction can be achieved through virtual buttons or button less swipe controls.
Each X-Man boasts a unique ability tree with over a dozen unlockables each. Mutant abilities include Wolverine’s healing factor, Shadowcat’s phase punch and Cyclops’ optic blast.
HIDDEN LORE SECRETS
50 Years of X-Men history are hidden throughout the levels. Find character bios, comic book covers, concept art and more.
Join the fight for Mutant equality in Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past, not to be missed by old and new comic fans alike.
*IMPORTANT* Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past requires an iPhone 4S (or newer), iPad 2 (or newer) or iPod Touch 5th Gen.
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What's New in Version 1.3.0Experience the Days of Future Past storyline revamped with loads of new features in this extended and re-balanced version.
New Areas - “Lookout, Sprite!” The Danger Room level was expanded to include more obstacles and hazards. The experience more closely resembles Kitty's first time through Xavier's training facility. New areas in D.C. and Senate Chamber.
Improved Character Physics and Enemy AI - Improved physics jumping, faster attacks, and enemies that intelligently aim at any mutant threat they can see. We have taken fan suggestions and improved the speed and depth of the gameplay to provide a much more exciting, intense gameplay experience!
Redesigned Mutant Ability Trees - Each mutant’s powers, upgrades and alternate costume have been placed on redesigned ability trees. This progression is significantly streamlined, and upgrades are faster and much more dramatic. Level up each character to take them from basic brawling to mega mutant abilities to clobber your enemies!
Level-up System - Mutants now gain XP for completing levels, defeating enemies, destroying crates and completing challenges. Each new level grants an ability point which can be spent in the ability tree. Level completion targets award medals which unlock new characters.
Increased Danger - Every boss and enemy in the game has been fine tuned to provide a challenge that can stand up to the newly increased mutant super moves! Trask has been hard at work making the Sentinels as dangerous as they can be, the MRD has handed out tougher armor to its troops, and the Savage Land dinosaurs are more ferocious than ever!
World Map - The story is laid out in an easy-to-navigate world map. Each map node presents a set of levels to complete with new objectives tied completion with every playable character.
Enhanced HD Art - The character art throughout the game was refined and polished. Beast got a new lab coat.